Fernando Alonso has given another hint he is considering a move to the World Endurance Championship.
The McLaren driver participated in a video tribute to ex-F1 racer Mark Webber, who made his final WEC start last weekend. Alonso congratulated Webber on “all your success with Porsche” but added “you didn’t wait for me there, because it would be nice”.
“I think you will be around,” Alonso added, “I will ask you many things when I join your adventure.”
Alonso’s comments are the latest in a serious of hints he is considering a future in the World Endurance Championship. He has said he will not extend his contract next year unless the new generation of cars allow drivers to push flat out again.
At the end of last season Alonso criticised F1’s stewarding and praised WEC’s approach. He has also been critical of F1’s 21-race calendar, while WEC had just nine rounds this year.
Alonso has previously expressed a desire to race in the Le Mans 24 Hours, which is part of the WEC calendar. He started the 2014 running of the race and came close to entering it last year, but his plans were blocked by Honda whose rivals Toyota compete in the series. A change in the grand prix calendar this year prevented F1 drivers from racing at Le Mans.
Webber retired from Formula One at the end of 2013 and spent the last three years racing in WEC before announcing his retirement from racing. He won the WEC title last year with Porsche team mates Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard.
Webber previously said he expects other F1 drivers to consider moving to the series. However Alonso’s McLaren team mate Jenson Button, who will step down from F1 but remain contracted to the team next year, has ruled out racing at Le Mans.
Thanks to Levente for the tip.
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